Four earthquakes hit the Big Country

An earthquake rattled portions of the Big Country early Sunday waking some people up a little earlier than they expected.The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the ground about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Its epicenter was 11 miles northeast of Snyder. The 4.4 magnitude makes it the largest earthquake to occur in the Big Country in the last few years.According to the USGS, people report feeling the earthquake from as far away as Irving, San Angelo, and Lubbock.This is hardly the first time the area has experienced an earthquake. Scurry County has had at least four earthquakes in the first four months of the year — with the most recently happening in July.The earthquakes have ranged from a 2.5 magnitude to Sunday's 4.4.Three earthquakes were recorded during 2010 - a 2.9 quake on Jan. 26; a 3.4 quake on Aug. 7; and a 3.0 quake on Oct. 10.The largest earthquake in county history was recorded on June 16, 1978 when a 4.75 to 5.0 quake rocked the area, according to the Snyder Daily News. That quake was 20 miles north of Snyder.According to the USGS, Scurry County experienced another small earthquake at 1:30 p.m on Sunday that registered as a magnitude 2.5.Around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, a 2.7 quake also occurred in the same general area.At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, the USGS confirmed the fourth earthquake of the day in the Snyder area.The latest strike occurred seven miles north of Snyder and registered a magnitude of 2.8.